Shepard Fairey, who created the instantly recognizable and now soon to be infamous Obama poster has had his lawyers walk out on him. Lawyers cannot walk out on their clients easily, all the more so in the course of a litigation. But there are circumstances under which a lawyer
may must apply to the Court to relieve the lawyer from representing the client. One of them is to prevent the perpetration of a fraud on the Court by the lawyer's client. The reason for this is that lawyers are Officers of the Court and are ethically and legally bound to prevent fraud from being perpetrated on the court. It appears that Fairey, now by his own admission, was in fact far less than completely honest about which particular AP photo he used as inspiration for his graphic.
Image obtained from: MediaMemo at All Things Digital
Artist admits using other photo for 'Hope' poster
By HILLEL ITALIE (AP)
NEW YORK - The artist who designed the famous Barack Obama "HOPE" poster has admitted he didn't use the Associated Press photo he originally said his work was based on but instead used a picture the news organization has claimed was his source.
Shepard Fairey, a Los Angeles-based street artist with a long, often proud history of breaking rules, said in a statement Friday that he was wrong about which photo he used and that he tried to hide his error. It was not immediately clear whether he would drop his lawsuit against the AP over the use of the photo.
"In an attempt to conceal my mistake, I submitted false images and deleted other images," said Fairey, who has been involved in countersuits with the AP, which has alleged copyright infringement. "I sincerely apologize for my lapse in judgment, and I take full responsibility for my actions, which were mine alone."